© 2019 by Ashley D. Sweet, MA, LMHC

Past Offerings

With Melissa Carroll, ERYT500, and Ashley Sweet, LMHC

Open to the public
Cost: $35

Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/269158963825168/

There are aspects of ourselves we’ve tried to hide, judge, and shame — this is often referred to as the shadow self. Yet no matter how we may try to deny these shadow aspects, they still often influence our thoughts, behaviors, and reactions in unconscious and powerful ways. This workshop will guide you to acknowledge and connect to your authentic self from a space of wholeness, worthiness, and belonging.

We will introduce the concepts of the shadow self and explore the multidimensional qualities you possess. Through journaling, inner work, guided meditation, breathing exercises, and discussion in a supportive space, you will begin to integrate your shadow side and bring it into the light. This process invites you to cultivate self-acceptance and reclaim your inner power.

Deconstructing Shadow Retreat 

Join Ashley Sweet and Rachel Miller for a 6-day retreat in New Mexico that will DEconstruct and REconstruct the self through Shadow Work.

What is Shadow Work?

"The shadow, a concept brought to light by famed Swiss psychologist Carl Jung — is the part of ourselves we don’t want to look at — qualities we deem unattractive, try to push away, overlook, sugarcoat or hide under the surface.

In the spiritual and yoga communities, the emphasis is often on positivity. Sometimes called spiritual bypassing — this is the tendency to overlook or minimize our very real human flaws. We are encouraged to “meditate our way out of” difficult emotions or habits. The focus is on getting better, being happier, moving up and out ...of our current circumstance toward enlightenment, miracles, or bliss.

Moving forward is important, but we also need to honor the beauty of our darkness and not pathologize the troubling aspects of Self that may be holding us back. Taking the time to recognize the beauty of darkness allows for integration and reconciliation. We train our psyche to “own” those cut-off pieces of ourselves that we’d rather tuck away in a back closet. Instead of slapping a smile on and sitting in blissful (strained) silence — we learn to proudly integrate all the good, bad and ugly parts of who we are." -http://bit.ly/2wJ4u36

This retreat is for our sisters who are serious and dedicated to transmuting their Shadow into their Light. The work will be very real and sometimes extremely challenging, but through all adversity comes beautiful strength. This isn't about a vacation... this is about a LIFE CHANGE.

This 8-week series guides you through an inspired and practical approach to the modern wisdom of Daring Greatly, the bestselling book by Brene Brown. Take your practice beyond the page and learn how to live the insights from this brilliant text, by deepening your understanding of yourself and your relationship with the world around you.

For more information, please visit Daring Greatly: An 8-Week Journey

This month we will view and discuss Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" (1986) which follow's lead character Nola Darling through her relationships with 3 different men. Conversation will focus on themes of female erotica, non-monogamy and sexuality. Free event.

For more information, please visit OFF Screen. FILM + CONVO

 

 

 

Untethered Soul: an 8 week journey of yoga & mindfulness with Melissa Carroll, MFA, RYT

 

This 8-week series guides you through an inspired and practical approach to the modern wisdom of The Untethered Soul, the bestselling book by Michael Singer. Take your practice beyond the page and learn how to live the insights from this brilliant text, by deepening your understanding of yourself and your relationship with the world around you.
 

Our journey opens with the essential, profound question we have all asked before: "Who am I?" From this launching point of awareness, we dive deeper into the nature of our thoughts, emotions, energy, and our relationships. You will learn empowering tools to attain freedom from attachments, true contentment in your life, and renewed connection with your Self.

Each session begins with dynamic, experiential lessons on key insights from The Untethered Soul. Through discussion, creative journaling exercises, mindfulness meditation, and all-levels yoga, we will integrate these insights through embodied practices.

No experience in meditation or yoga is necessary. You do not need to have read The Untethered Soul prior to the course: we will be reading and referencing the book throughout the 8 weeks. However, if you have already read the book and been moved by it, that's wonderful!

 

Healing From Sexual Assault Through Yoga, Mindfulness and Writing at Body Electric Yoga

 

Who: Women (or people who identify as women) ages 18+ who would like to engage in active healing from sexual abuse/assault. Maximum of 8 in group. This is a closed group; new members will not be invited to join after the first class.

Why: Research shows that mindfulness meditation, yoga, narrative writing/storytelling and safe relationships (like those that will be fostered in the group) are keys to healing negative symptoms of sexual abuse/assault.

Course Description:
Research from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center identifies that 1 in 5 women will survive a sexual assault during her lifetime. For many, healing can be a lifelong process. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your healing process, writing, deep sharing, mindfulness and yoga have been scientifically shown to help survivors of assault to reclaim their bodies, minds and emotions. This eight week group is designed to help those on the spectrum of healing through guided meditation and yoga, narrative and creative writing, deep sharing and reflection. 

 

Healing From Anxiety and Depression Through Mindfulness, Writing and Yoga at Body Electric

 

Research from the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America) identifies that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18% of the adult population. Nearly one-half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. Both anxiety and depression are highly treatable, yet only one-third of those suffering will ever seek help. Whether you are at the beginning, middle or end of your healing process, writing, sharing, mindfulness, and yoga have been scientifically shown to help individuals manage and heal from unwanted symptoms from anxiety and depression. This eight week group is designed to help those suffering, find and utilize the tools necessary to find peace through guided meditation and yoga, narrative and creative writing, open sharing and reflection. 

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